The expansion of everyday life, 1860-1876 / Daniel E. Sutherland.

By: Sutherland, Daniel EMaterial type: TextTextSeries: Everyday life in America series: Publisher: New York : Harper & Row, c1989Edition: 1st edDescription: xiii, 290 p., [24] p. of plates : ill. ; 22 cmISBN: 0060160233; 9780060160234Subject(s): United States -- Social life and customs -- 1865-1918 | United States -- History -- Civil War, 1861-1865 -- Social aspects | United States Social life, 1865-1901Additional physical formats: Online version:: Expansion of everyday life, 1860-1876.DDC classification: 973.8 | 973.7 LOC classification: E168 | .S957 1989Other classification: 15.85 Summary: Portrays daily life in America beginning with the Civil War and ending with the Centennial Exposition of 1876.
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Bibliography: p. [271]-280.

Includes index.

Portrays daily life in America beginning with the Civil War and ending with the Centennial Exposition of 1876.

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Sutherland has synthesized selected works in recent social history and has incorporated material from traditional mid- to late 19th-century sources in his writing. The work also contains several sections of photographs and a selected bibliography. Sutherland concedes that "the era is difficult to capsulize," especially given the intrusion of the Civil War and Reconstruction in the 1860s and the physical, economic, and demographic expansion of the US in the 1870s. Sutherland limits his focus to the amorphous middle class. He offers chapters on what it was to be a soldier; on life on a frontier homestead, in town, on the farm; on life on the job; on home life, leisure, and spiritual activities; and on a wide range of other topics reflecting everyday life. The results of his efforts are mixed. On the one hand, this book provides a highly readable antipode to statistics-laden monographs. On the other hand, the scope of this book is simply too unwieldy; the ultimate focus and direction suffer from the spaciousness of the topic and the limits the author must necessarily impose. Thus this work is recommended only for lower-division undergraduates and community college students. -K. Edgerton, University of Montana

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